Update: You can now buy the Runway Skirt directly from Savvy Patterns at their new website!
Introducing the Runway Skirt. This vintage-fit skirt is designed to be made from stretch fabrics, can be made in 3 different lengths and has a gorgeous surprise at the back:
This pattern is called the Runway Skirt and is the first beautiful production of Savvy Patterns. Savvy Patterns are designed by Audrey of Skirt Fixation, and I’m sure that we’re going to see lots more gorgeous things from Savvy Patterns in the future, and not just skirts – although it is of course, most appropriate to start with a skirt.
The skirt can be made in 3 different lengths:
There are different cutting lines for each of these lengths to make the perfect adjustment to suit your individual requirements.
I made the midi length at the 30 inch line (because I’m a bit of a shorty), and it hits at just the right spot.
The skirt has an elastic waist enclosed by a waistband and fastens at the back with an invisible zipper – although that is optional, if your fabric has the right amount of stretch you won’t need the zipper.
But how about those godets…
This is certainly one of the most beautiful skirt patterns that I’ve ever seen – I have had more compiments on this skirt that anything else that I’ve worn for quite a long time. And I feel so glamorous when wearing it!
The inserts in the skirt are called godets (just in case you didn’t know). They are inserted between panels in the back of the skirt. This version (midi) and the knee-length each have 5 godets, the maxi version has 7! Although you could always add the extra two to the shorter versions – afterall, if you are making the skirt, its your skirt and you can make it as you like! I’m thinking that I need to make myself a Maxi version, I’m feeling a Morticia Addams inspired vibe.
I made my Runway Skirt out of a stretch woven. This is a wool blend, and it looks sort of charcoal in these pictures, but it is actually black with tiny white spots. I’m calling them pin-spots, just like pin-stripes, but with spots.
Its okay to laugh at me.
This fabric does have 2-way stretch, but is not as stretchy as a ponte knit (for example), so to account for the smaller amount of stretch, I upsized, and because I fall inbetween two sizes I went up one size, and then one more. I could have sufficed with just going up once, but I’m glad I went up two, this is a really comfortable fit.
For the godets I used a printed chiffon, its white with a slightly abstract swirly spot pattern. It matches nicely against the wool pin-spot (if anyone knows what its really called I’d be very interested to know!).
I hemmed the godets and skirt panels separately before assembly. However, there is also the option of completing the assembly first and then hemming all as one. This would depend on your fabric choices and comfort level with handling the different fabrics.
I found the chiffon quite fiddly to hem, I used my quarter-inch hemming foot, but this fabric frays so much that I had to run it through twice! I could have used the rolled hem on the overlocker, but I thought that would look a bit too casual for this skirt.
The construction of the waistband and zipper was different to what I have previously done, and I have to say that the end result is really neat and tidy and very professional looking. I’m particularly happy with that part.
Overall the instructions were easy to follow, and this was a surprisingly quick skirt to make. I really didn’t think that it would come together so quickly. Audrey has done a 5-star job on this.
Where to Buy
The pattern is suitable for a sewist who is at least an advanced beginner and comes in a huge size range – 00-24! It is currently available from the Upcraft Club or directly from Savvy Patterns at their new website, and don’t forget to check out the new Savvy Patterns facebook group for more Runway Skirt inspiration, there are some really beautiful creations to be seen there.
Thanks for reading.